5 Questions With Active Set Singer/Bassist Matthew Stolarz: SSMF Edition

We hunted down Matthew Stolarz of The Active Set to get his clever insight into SSMF this year. He did not disappoint
What is the most important thing to carry during a music festival?
MS: It’s important to have a cell phone and charge cable. You want to be able to take pictures, tweet, text, take notes, snap chat, play games, make calls, check the weather report, check the stock market and WHOOPS, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE AT A MUSIC FESTIVAL WATCHING MUSICIANS PERFORM.

What do you think makes the sunset strip special?
MS: It is legendary because of its vast musical history, both good and bad, that stretches for decades. So many bands earned their stripes here. But it has also always been fun to do things like marvel at the band names on the Whisky marquee, drive endlessly looking for free parking, guess the gender of leather-and-makeup-clad goth rockers and get last minute poor-decision tattoos.

What’s your favorite memory of the sunset strip?
MS: It’s actually a recent one. I saw the Parlotones at the Viper Room, and we wound up hanging out for a long time, walking around in a big mass of people. Some were fans, some friends and some just seemed to have walked in from nowhere. People started swapping shirts, there was shouting and other general merriment. Endless nightlife, endless fun.

What can we look forward to from you during SSMF?
MS: In addition to playing a bunch of stuff from our new album we’re working on, we will be on our chit chat A-game. We’re going to meet every single person that attends SSMF, shake their hand or hug them, and then quiz ourselves on all their names. The whole thing will last days beyond the actual festival.

Shot of Jack or Bottle of Bud?
MS: Shot of Jack. Not for drinking, but for sanitizing our hands/faces after a day of hanging with the street punks on the Strip.

Join Matt and the rest of the guys in The Active Set at The Roxy During SSMF This Saturday!

5 Questions With Rani Sherone of Stolen Babies: SSMF Edition

Rani Sharone the bass/guitar player for the awesomely fun group Stolen Babies. runs down our five question gauntlet with a little insight as to the most important thing a band member needs to remember while at a festival.

What is the most important thing to carry during a music festival?
Rani: Your laminate! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had security not let me backstage because I left mine in the dressing room.

What do you think makes the sunset strip special?
Rani: The strip has been and continues to be a breeding ground and hub for bands big and small. Playing the strip is a rite of passage. Even if you’re a band just starting out, saying you “Played the Roxy” always gets you that impressed reaction from people, even if you suck. I speak from experience! That’s testament enough.

What’s your favorite memory of the sunset strip?
Rani: I ‘ve spent years of my life on the strip, playing shows, going to shows, passing out fliers at shows, so it’s hard to say. The friends we’ve made since our first show at the Roxy over ten years ago is probably at the top of the list. Some of those people are on the band’s crew today, which is pretty awesome.

What can we look forward to from you during SSMF?
Rani: We are going to melt faces, metaphorically speaking, and give people a 25-minute set they won’t soon forget…Hopefully.

Shot of Jack or Bottle of Bud?
Rani: It’s all poison to me. I like having a functional liver 😉

Catch Rani, his functioning liver, and the rest of Stolen Babies at The Roxy during SSMF this Saturday!

5 Questions With Griffin Young of The Diamond Light: SSMF Edition

Griffin Young of The Diamond Light decided to represent his band for our questionnaire. We wonder if they’d agree with his take on a shot and a beer.

What is the most important thing to carry during a music festival?
GY: The most important thing to carry is a bottle of water and flask.. to even each other out.

What do you think makes the sunset strip special?
GY: The history of the Strip is special. So many bands over so many generations have made a name for themselves there.

What’s your favorite memory of the sunset strip?
GY: We’ve had many great times on the Sunset Strip, but we’re pretty sure the festival is going to blow those memories out of the water!

What can we look forward to from you during SSMF?
GY: We’re planning on bringing quite a ruckus, so don’t miss our set!

Shot of Jack or Bottle of Bud?
GY: Wait, people drink them separately?

You can catch Griffin and The Diamond Light at The Roxy this Saturday during SSMF!

5 Questions With Slimkid3 of BizarreRide: SSMF Edition

We posed 5 questions to all the bands appearing at The Roxy during SSMF and waited for the answers to roll in. The former Pharcyde member and current Bizzare Rider chimed in promptly.

What is the most important thing to carry during a music festival?
SK3: The most important things to carry out a festival this, 1. water and 2. An extra cell phone battery.

What do you think makes the sunset strip special?
SK3:What I think makes the Sunset strip so special is all the musical history. So many greats were born on the sunset strip.

What’s your favorite memory of the sunset strip?
SK3:My favorite memory on Sunset strip was going to get my first tattoo from Matt Mahoney at Tattoo Mania (i think that was the name of it) And the day the Hustler store opened up.

What can we look forward to from you during SSMF?
SK3: You can look forward to having A bizarre ride of your own, while we give off some high-energy and good vibes, From some classic music.

Shot of Jack or Bottle of Bud?
SK3: Jack Daniels does the trick.

You can catch BIZZARE RIDE and tons more bands at The Roxy and at street-fest THIS SATURDAY!

5 Questions With Mellow Man Ace: SSMF Edition

Roxy: What is the most important thing to carry during a music festival?
MMA: My cell phone for networking, a marker and hand towel.

Roxy:What do you think makes the sunset strip special?
MMA: In my opinion all the great friends I have met on Sunset from Mario to Tisa, from Nic to the soundman at Viper Room from from the doorman at Key Club to the Armenian valet parking guys at Rainbow its like I grew up on Sunset.

Roxy:What’s your favorite memory of the sunset strip?
MMA: My fav moment has to be when Jessica Simpson gave me props after my set in 08. Then my special moments in the Jimi Hendrix booth at Rainbow in that order lol.

Roxy: What can we look forward to from you during SSMF?
MMA: Mos def a high octane set with my son Cazal Organism.

Roxy: Shot of Jack or Bottle of Bud?
MMA: Shot of Patron and a Bud Light bottle mos def.

You can join us and MMA at SSMF on AUGUST 3rd, Chances are it’ll be OFF THE HOOK!

Limited Engagement: Sofie Paradisi

It’s all about Beer at The Roxy this week as we continue our love affair with fine brew! Tonight at On The Rox we’ll be featuring three very special Beers from The Goose Island Brewing Co.

Featured tonight will be Matilda, Pepe Nero, and their very special and limited edition Sofie Paradisi beer. Trust us, we wouldn’t be mentioning it if it wasn’t a big deal.

Get to it, brew fans! Your golden goose awaits!

Roxy & Elsewhere Live!

Zappa Plays Zappa are setting up shop here December 8-10, 2013. The Grammy award winning group is embarking on a tour of the US, Canada, and Europe to celebrate the Frank Zappa & The Mother’s album Roxy & Elsewhere. These shows mark are 40 years to the date of the original shows here when the album was first recorded!

Led by Dweezil Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa will recreate history when this legendary album is played top to bottom on these anniversary nights. Songs to be played are:

Penguin In Bondage
Pygmy Twylyte
Dummy Up
Village of the Sun
Echidna’s Art (Of You)
Don’t You Ever Was That Thing?
Son of Orange County
More Trouble Every Day
Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)

Before each show, Dweezil will be teaching the “Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass – Dweezilla On The Road”. This ticket is separate from the show and fans will learn techniques from the son of Frank Zappa. The class is open to players of all levels and they wil have the opportunity to share musical ideas and improvisational strategies with one other and Dweezil.

Tickets for the show are on sale Friday, May 3!

Now Serving: Stumptown Coffee

We are so happy to announce that The Roxy is now serving Stumptown Coffee!

As Portland based coffee roasters, Stumptown began in 1999 and have managed to stay with the same company ideals since. Each step of the coffee process is carefully looked after from the plant itself down to providing intense education for baristas and it’s this attention to detail that makes us proud to carry this new brand.

Out of their many blends, we are currently serving the crowd favorite “Hair Bender” which will give you enough umph to last through any show. Or to get you enough energy to make that long drive home after 3 hours of sweating and singing your heart out. Hair Bender is a complex blend featuring coffee from all three of the major growing regions; Latin America, East Africa and Indonesia. Grab a cup next time you’re in house! 😀

Hair BenderPhoto: Courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters

5 Questions with Enter Shikari

By: @brentXmendoza

Closing in on ten years of politically conscious, genre defying musical anarchy, Enter Shikari is set to invade The Sunset Strip once again when they perform here on Saturday, March 23.

Since the release of last year’s critically acclaimed A Flash Flood of Colour, the band has been touring nonstop spreading their progressive global message while collectively kicking post-hardcore musical ass on stages across the world.

It’s been a little over a year since the release of A Flash Flood of Colour, an album whose lyrics seem to focus primarily on issues surrounding the current global recession. Do you think we’ve made any economic progress over the past year?

Well, how long have you got? I think the fundamental problems are the fact that our economic system is completely unsustainable and inefficient. First of all the obvious point, capitalism relies on infinite growth and we live on a finite planet. It falls at the first hurdle! There ain’t no planet B as they say!

It’s also a system that relies on cyclical consumption, a constant cycle of production and consumption. But this hasn’t taken into account the exponential advancement of technology and therefore technological unemployment. The more people that become unemployed as machines take over mind-numbing jobs, the smaller the amount of people that have purchasing power… We need a system that allows humans to reach their true creative potential and to not be stuck in a soul destroying repetitive ball-ache of a job that a simple bit of machinery could do!

The band has quite an eclectic mix of very cleverly crafted song titles. Which of your song titles are you most proud of? What’s the story behind it?

Thank you! “Fanfare for the Conscious Man” is probably a proud one for me. I used to play with my dad’s vinyl when I was a kid and “Fanfare for the Common Man” was always a favorite. I like to think I brought the grandiose nature of that old track into the fury of our song.

Other ones with a narrative or history to the actual titles themselves would be “Return To Energiser,” which is the command heard in many laser tag places when you need to reload.

Thoughts on the current dubstep trend/craze?

Indifferent I guess… There was a point where I became slightly frustrated at the way the “mainstream” had gotten hold of it, but that’s the trouble with any new hyped underground genre—as soon as labels and artists see a dollar sign on it they’ll dive in and dilute it or just plain murder it. We were lucky enough to see dubstep grow from its very roots—living here in London—and many of its classier artists still influence us to this day.

The band’s been touring pretty much constantly since January of last year. Looking forward to taking some time off? What’s next?

Yes this summer should be great fun: a bit of writing, some festivals and some time at home. The best of all worlds in comfortably sized doses! After the festival season, we’ll be gearing up to get back in the studio for whatever comes next!

Are you more “at home” on the road than when you are actually at home? What’s the one creature comfort you miss the most?

Weare comfortable with being on the road, but if you’re away for longer than a few months it really does begin to grind you down—mainly because you miss your family and friends. And I do miss my mum’s cooking [laughter]!

Bonus Question: Can we all finally come to an agreement that “color” is best spelled the American way sans “u?”

Well to be honest we’re both wrong I reckon… The logical way to spell it would surely be “culler,” but that’s our confused English language for you!

Tickets for Enter Shikari, Architects (UK), Heartist, and Crossfaith are on sale now.

A Special Conversation with Clive Davis

To mark the publication of his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon & Schuster; February 19, 2013), Clive Davis joins The Roxy Theatre on March 21st from 6-8pm for a behind the scenes of his incredible life orchestrating careers, creating stars and building musical empires several times over, taking us behind the scenes with fascinating anecdotes about some of the most talented musicians of the last sixty years.

Davis’ career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and hosted the world’s highest profile parties.

The Q&A will be moderated by Tom Sturges.

Proceeds from this special event will benefit MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization established by The Recording Academy® in 1989, to help music people in need and is presented in part by the Los Angeles Chapter of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The Roxy has always been a destination for Clive Davis to showcase his “artist on the verge” and we couldn’t be more excited to host this very special Q&A.

Tickets are on sale now and each sold comes with a copy of “The Soundtrack of My Life”.

Free Music from Willie’s Nerve Clinic

Willie’s Nerve Clinic is at The Roxy on March 16 with Rapscallions, Zen Robbi, and Meet Me At The Pub! The band was started by Incubus’ founding member Dirk Lance with his first bass teacher Stray Deuce and Alexa Brinkschulte. Their debut album “Vampire Kiss” is out now. Get 3 free songs from the band below:

Tickets are available now.

Take Home Roxy Beer!

Starting today, you can pick up your very own Roxy beer growler! The Roxy House Draft No. 1 is a medium-bodied golden ale with toasted malt flavors and a dry citrus hop character. It has been our #1 seller since we launched the beer with Karl Strauss last year. It is 5.0% alcohol and goes straight to your head.

These 32 oz. growlers are $30 and when brought back to get more beer, you get $5 off.

Fill out this form & someone from The Roxy will be in touch with you ASAP. If you don’t feel like filling this out, swing by on a night we’re open to get one!

(The Roxy endorses responsible & moderate drinking and recommends reading about drinking responsibly.)

Fall Out Boy is BACK!

THE FALL OUT BOY REUNION IS HAPPENING & THEY ARE PLAYING HERE THIS THURSDAY! Tickets are sale Today at 10a and they will probably be gone by the time some of you read this, in which case, we are sorry.

FOB called it quits in 2010 and rumors of the reunion have been stirring ever since. The lineup features favorites Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley and we are so excited. Get fired up with some “Dead On Arrival”

Stay Up Late with Gary Clark Jr.

February 9, the incredible Gary Clark Jr. is here for a late night show!! He is so cool and unbelievably talented that everyone here is buzzing about this one. He has been on the rise for the past 2 years and is widely regarded as one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around.

Listen to “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” here:

Doors are at 11:00pm & tickets are on sale Wednesday, January 30.

Mark Your Calendars: Frank Turner Is Coming

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls are playing here March 6 with Jonny Two Bags & Salvation Town, and Jamie N Commons!

Frank Turner recently announced his upcoming album Tape Deck Heart due out on April 22 so hopefully we’ll hear some new songs. 

Tickets for this guaranteed-to-be-spectacular show are on sale Friday, February 1. Set an alarm, they will go fast.

Watch I Still Believe below and get ready to sing along. 

Frank Turner

Jonny Two Bags

Jamie N Commons

Party Backstage with Escape The Fate

Escape The Fate’s FREE Live DVD filming is going down this Sunday & we want to hook you up with a chance to hang with the back backstage, get an exclusive meet & greet, AND get to hear the entire new album with the band!

All you have to do to enter is Tweet a video, photo, or essay (yes, essay… it’s a big contest!) of why you should get to meet the band. There are 4 passes up for grabs that get you +1 each.

BUT WAIT, there’s more! The BEST submission will win the ultimate VIP package that includes VIP access for the show, party backstage, pizza party at The Rainbow, and access to the exclusive performance before the show at Soundcheck Hollywood!

Use #ETFLiveatTheRoxy in your Tweets to make them count.

Winners will be announce at 5:00pm, Saturday January 5.


Escape The Fate Takes Over The Strip

In celebration of recently signing to Eleven Seven Music and partnering with Monster Energy Drink, Escape The Fate will be taking over The Sunset Strip on January 6, culminating in a free show here! The only way to get in is to acquire a wristband for the show, available at Soundcheck Hollywood beginning Friday, December 21st. There is a very limited quantity available so get there early if you want to get in!

Festivities throughout the day on January 6 with the band include an Escape The Fate store takeover at Soundcheck Hollywood with an autograph signing, a VIP pizza party at The Rainbow, a party in the Green Room, an after party at On The Rox, many contests and more. More info on all activities can be found at www.facebook.com/escapethefate.

The band’s new album, first to be released on Eleven Seven Music, will be released in Spring 2013 and co-produced by John Feldman, Monte Money and Brandon Saller (Atreyu) and mixed by Josh Wilbur. ETF also released a clip of their brand new song “Ungrateful” which can be heard here:

Cheers To The Holidays

We’re launching this year’s holiday cocktail menu and, while it’s not eggnog (because who wants that when rocking out), here’s what you can have now through the end of the year!

Frangelico Gingerbread
½ oz. Frangelico®
1 oz. Sailor Jerry
½ oz. cinnamon schnapps
Ginger Ale

Pumpkin Spice
1 oz Absolut Vanilla
1/2 oz Bailey’s
splash of Pumpkin syrup
pinch of cinnamon

Holiday Margarita
1 oz Avion Silver
1/2 oz Veev Acai
sour mix, lemon juice
floater of Grand Marnier cherry

Spicy Whiskey
floater of Cinnamon schnapps

1 oz Grand Marnier Cherry
1.5 oz Vanilla Absolut
Ginger Ale
Cherry Garnish

1.5 oz Grand Marnier Cherry
2 oz Apple Cider
.5 oz Lime Juice
Cherry Garnish

1.5 oz Grand Marnier Cherry
2 oz each of Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice
Lime Wedge

ClubRox 2013 Now Open

January 1, 2013 will initiate the fourth year of The Roxy Theatre’s annual membership, CLUBROX. Started in 2009, Clubrox is a membership to a limited number of purchasers providing access to most ticketed events throughout the year. Membership perks also include nightly discounted drinks, VIP access (on select shows), additional guests (on select shows), front of the line access (on limited shows), early announcement on shows, and a limited edition membership card. For the first time ever, 2013 members will receive limited edition custom merchandise strictly created for Clubrox. 2013 will notably be The Roxy’s 40th anniversary. In anticipation of this anniversary we expect the shows to be as spectacular if not more as the great shows and events in 2012; The Transplants, The Wanted, Ghost, Hot Chelle Rae, Madeon, Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Lisa Marie Presley, McFly, Lindsey Stirling, Birdy, Peter Murphy, X, She Wants Revenge, Blaqk Audio, Vegan Beer Fest, Camp Freddy and more.

ClubRox has become a tight knit community and justly become part of The Roxy family. Here is what some of their seasoned members have to say about it:

“Roxy is consistently one of the best clubs in Hollywood and LA for that matter, they have the most professional staff, best sound and book only the highest quality acts! I can’t recommend the Roxy and ClubRox enough! And they even have the awesome grilled cheese sandwich of the month!!!!” – Frank, member since 2009

“I’ve been going to shows ever since I was 14 years old all across the West Coast, and really have a great respect for what venues have to do to put on a great concert. It requires good sound, a professional attitude towards the bands, and a comfortable atmosphere for fans like me to enjoy the music. With ClubRox, I’m at the Roxy on a weekly basis, and I can honestly say I feel welcome, comfortable, and am always able to enjoy the show. They do a great job here and I always recommend the club to friends who are looking for a good time.” -Chris, member since 2009

“As ClubRox members for the past 3 years, my husband Chris and I have enjoyed countless shows, and the annual membership fees have more than paid for themselves! We’ve had fun checking out new bands we probably would have never seen otherwise, and we’ve been lucky to see some very well-known acts up close and personal at The Roxy. The benefits of ClubRox are pretty awesome…VIP treatment, front of the line access at sold out shows, a chance to know the amazing and friendly Roxy staff and to become a part of the Roxy family, lower-priced drink specials, and rockin’ live music. One thing I love is that when we don’t have plans on any given night, we can always head to The Roxy on a whim (though it’s always good to get on the list ahead of time) and we’re guaranteed to have a good time!” – Carly, member since 2009

For information on pricing and to sign up click here and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Exclusive: New Queen Caveat Video

Queen Caveat, the hard-hitting, explosive Los Angeles-based rock band led by powerfully expressive singer Lauren Little, is closing out a momentous 2012 with the release of their new song and music video, “Mr. California” and we have the exclusive!

The video was shot in our four walls and watching this band explode this year has been nothing short of an incredible pleasure. For the band, 2012 included break through network television exposure on ABC TV’s 20-20 episode, “Sunset Boulevard”, their sophomore EP release, “Slap on the Wrist,” extensive national touring and the honor to be named in Music Connection Magazines Hot 100 Unsigned Artists list for 2012.

Watch “Mr. California” below!

Download “Mr. California” on iTunes or Amazon.

Q&A with Vintage Trouble

By: @brentXmendoza

This New Year’s Eve youthful revelers and seasoned troublemakers alike will be counting down the final moments of 2012 with the throwback sounds of L.A.’s own Vintage Trouble as the soundtrack to their midnight kiss. Currently on a North American tour with The Who, the band’s genre defying, soulful pizzaz has put the Laurel Canyon based quartet on an unheard of trajectory to stardom, that has landed them in front of stadium size crowds only two short years after first coming together.

Before tipping back your plastic Champagne flutes this NYE, get the full tilt tale from VT guitarist Nalle Colt and drummer Richard Danielson, as they share their whirlwind journey that’s taken them from zero to touring around the world with the likes of Bon Jovi and Brian May (Queen), and even playing Paul Stanley’s 60th birthday party!

Having such a unique sound, have you found it at all challenging getting paired with like sounding bands for shows? Any particularly bad experiences, as far as mismatched billing is concerned?

Colt: Not really… we have been supporting lots of different acts this year from The Cranberries, Lenny Kravitz, The Bangles, KISS and now of course The Who. All of them have a very different crowd and sound, and thus far our sound has worked with them all!

Danielson: We played a festival last year in England called Sonisphere. It’s basically a metal festival and the “Big Four” (I guess they are called…) were the headliners. So it was pretty much a metal festival with a few other tidbits thrown in; but we ended up picking up so many new fans from this experience. So I think this says something about the U.K. listener—they tend to enjoy many genres of music, with multi-faceted tastes and ears.

The band almost immediately after forming took off for Europe in hopes of building an initial buzz. In your opinion, why is it that certain bands/genres fair better across the pond and have to “catch on” in Europe before they get noticed in The States?

Danielson: Perhaps Europe is sexy in the eyes of us Americans, much in the way that the U.S. is sexy in the eyes of a lot of Europeans. But it is a smaller place, so it’s easier to infiltrate perhaps. I am of the opinion that the American attention span has waned a bit as well… Radio and pop culture as a whole has really been dumbed down in the last decade. One gets a sense of this by traveling the world and seeing how other countries and cultures are fairing. There are some great things going on in Europe, both musically and artistically.

Touring with The Who, Bon Jovi, Brian May… What’s been your most surreal experience thus far? Who were you most excited to meet?

Colt: Our first show with Bon Jovi was pretty surreal. To walk on that first stadium show with about 65,000 people in front of you is an amazing feeling! I was most excited to meet Pete Townshend of course!

Who will you be kissing at midnight this New Year’s Eve?

Colt: Probably whoever in my band will have me, since I will be on stage with them during the midnight countdown at the World Famous Roxy Theatre!

Women or booze, which generally leads to more “trouble?”

Danielson: Booze can lead to woman… but women are always going to lead you to booze at some point!

Please share with us your most memorable New Year’s Eve story.

Danielson: Well I have yet to cement The Roxy in my mind at this point, so I’d have to say Naples, Italy… Best fireworks show I’ve ever seen, and coolest outdoor NYE party ever!

Tickets for NYE with Vintage Trouble, Sy Smith, and DJ Jeremy Sole are available now including VIP and drink options!